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Stan Benjamin


Stan Benjamin, GSL Senior scientist/advisor for advanced modeling systems

Stan is a partially retired senior scientist for CIRES at the NOAA Global Systems Lab. Stan grew up in the DC area but also lived in Canada for 2 years during elementary school and has strong family heritage from Michigan and West Virginia.

Research Interests
Applying the scientific method in this 3-way interaction: 
(1) using obs ↔
(2) understanding earth-system processes ↔
(3) developing models/assimilation ↔ (1). 
In this context: Development of weather and earth-system prediction models and related data assimilation systems, with applications to transportation, severe weather, energy, hydrology, health, and general weather guidance.

  • Ph.D. Meteorology, 1983:  Penn State University, University Park, PA                                                      
  • M.S.  Meteorology, 1980: Penn State University                              
  • B.A. Mathematics, 1973:  Albion College, Albion, Michigan

  • Senior Scientist for Advanced Modeling Systems 
    • NOAA Global Systems Laboratory (May 2017-current)                                 
  • Chief, Assimilation Development Branch, Earth Modeling Branch,Assimilation and Modeling Branch 
    • NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division (2004-2017)                                
  • Research Meteorologist, NOAA 
    • NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division (1990-present)
  • Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research 
    • NCAR Affiliated with NOAA Research (1983-1990)

Related links including publications
Stan’s CV [with link]

Professional Activities
  • AMS - Fellow since 2004
  • AGU - member since 2016
  • EGU - member since 2015
  • JCSDA - Joint Center for Satellite Data Research Assimilation Executive Team - Liaison for NOAA Research - since 2014
  • Korean Institute for Atmospheric Prediction System Science Advisory Committee since 2016
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Fellow since 2011

Honors and Awards
2019 Penn State University Charles Hosler Award
For outstanding contributions to the development of science through research, teaching, or administrative leadership

2017 NOAA Technology Transfer Award
For improving forecasts of turbine-height winds and solar irradiance from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) weather model to improve usage of renewable power by industry. (group award)

2015 U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal 
Scientific and Engineering Achievement
For achieving success with the HRRR, the first storm-scale model to give forecasters and decision-makers fast, local weather guidance. (group award)

2006 U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal
Scientific and Engineering Achievement
For development of Global Positioning System Meteorology, a new low cost, upper-air observing
system demonstrated to advance weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and atmospheric research. (group award)